Indy is officially barefoot!
It did not happen until this morning but we (the farrier and I) have been working with him to strengthen the hoof walls as much as possible before pulling the shoes. I think he was a little curious as to why we were not sticking shoes back on his hooves, he kept looking down at them and just kind of staring. It was hilarious!
The new farrier was impressed with how well Indy behaved throughout the entire ordeal, said he was very well mannered.
We only had one "incident" during the entire three hour process. (Yes, it took three hours. This farrier was going nice and slow, only trimming a tiny bit at a time to make sure he wasn't overdoing it, especially since Indy is newly barefoot. He also took each nail out one at a time in order to minimize further destruction to Indy's hooves. I was really impressed with him!) When it came time to do the last hoof, the front left if you are facing Indy, he started to pin his ears, shake, jump backwards, and start to rear. He was clearly
in pain. It took lots of baby carrots and soothing words to get him to stand still and get the shoe off. He literally did one nail, gave it a rest. Next nail, gave it a rest. He did not reprimand Indy or kick him when he got fidgety, just gave him a minute to relax and started up again. After we got the front left shoe off, Indy heaved a HUGE sigh and stood quietly for the rest of the process. Any idea what this could mean? Could there have been a nail putting pressure on part of his hoof? He has been fine with me cleaning his feet, it wasn't until the nails started being pulled out that he had a problem (and this didn't happen with any of the other feet!).
What we ended up doing was trimming, cleaning out the cracks, and applying bond-n-flex. The farrier has used it before (extensively) and swears by it. I think it should be interesting to see what happens.
I also have another question. He said that Indy's frogs had NO dead tissue or dead parts to trim away and he showed me how I could touch it and see how it was soft and warm. He did not want to disturb them or trim so much off the hoof that the frog was being slammed into the ground every time Indy took a step. I had noticed this to. Usually, his frogs get to be pretty hard (to the point where you can tap it with your finger and it's hard as a rock). Over the past two weeks I have noticed that they got softer and kind of warm. Is this because it has been raining absolutely non-stop and he lives outside?
Here are the pictures, let me know what you think!
P.S. Sorry it has been so long for an update! Things have been hectic with the end of the rowing season, the end of the school year, and just trying to find a job.
P.P.S. They aren't the best quality pictures because I was in a rush to take my father out to lunch, but I will get more from different angles tomorrow! ETA:
There was a little bit of thrush in some of the nail holes, there was no way I could have possibly known without seeing the shoe pulled off but his old farrier SHOULD have been able to tell. Do you think it came about after the old farrier last saw him? What should I do to clear it up? It's not bad, nor is it advanced very far but I want to nip it in the bud before it gets worse. Thanks!
And just for fun, we braided his mane the other day. Thought these pics were cute!